2018 Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours

Important update: Parking Information for Tour Day:

Sawyer Park on Neenah Ave (exit Hwy 42/57) Bus pickup site

Door County Maritime Museum- Madison Ave.,  Bus pickup site

1st Ave, across from Centerpointe Yacht Services Bus pickup site

2nd Ave. & Nebraska, city lot (one block away from Centerpointe entrance)

1st Ave, traffic deck across from Stone Harbor Resort

Bay Shipbuilding, 3rd Ave, two lots Bus pickup site

Street parking on 1st, 2nd, 3rd Streets

The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 25th annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours on Saturday, May 5, 9am-2pm.

On one very special day, you are invited to experience an insider’s view of the shipbuilding industry in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. For over a century this industry has been critical to Door County’s economy. The shipbuilders of Sturgeon Bay have designed, built and repaired vessels–commercial, military and pleasure craft–that have traveled to ports around the globe.

The largest shipyard on the Great Lakes, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, and another Sturgeon Bay shipyard, Centerpointe Yacht Services, will once more open their doors to the public on the first Saturday of May. Both facilities are located on First Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Centerpointe will offer guided walking tours of their ship repair and new ship construction facilities. Sandwiches and refreshments will be available for purchase at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

The Westside “working waterfront” is again included in the tours. Show your shipyard tour ticket and receive half off admission at the Door County Maritime Museum and tug John Purves tours on both Saturday and Sunday. At the Door County Maritime Museum, you can visit the museum, tour the tug John Purves and the USCG 41-footer (which was originally stationed here) and visit with famous maritime artist Lee Radtke who will be signing beautiful postcard reproductions of his original oil paintings from 11-2 on Saturday and Sunday. From 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, representatives will be stationed by the Selvick tugs to converse with guests and the Fred A Busse (Chicago Fireboat) will be open FREE of charge to tour until 2 pm. At 2:30 pm the Fred A Busse will be taking paying guests on a 90-minute cruise.

Back by popular demand, this year the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club has arranged for the 140-foot US Coast Guard CutterMobile Bay to be open for guided tours FREE of charge at the Graham Park dock in Sturgeon Bay, from 9am-2pm. We will also have the Emergency Rescue boat from the Canal Station along with the Sturgeon Bay Police Boat on location for tours.

Two busses will be running for the event to shuttle guests among the 3 stops. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tours at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding take around an hour and are on gravel and pavement.

Tickets will be available at both shipyard entry gates and the Door County Maritime Museum on the day of the event, and will be available for purchase prior to the event at both the Door County Maritime Museum and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. Ticket prices are $15 per adult and $6 for students ages 11-17. Guests ages ten and under are free.

The event is brought to you by the Sturgeon Bay Noon Rotary Club and proceeds will benefit the Door County Rotary Youth Interact, an international service organization for teenagers ages 14-18, and other Door County projects.

For more information about the Shipyard Tours or Rotary Interact, please visit Facebook.com/RotaryShipyardTour or, contact Rotarians and Shipyard Tour Chairs, Scott Bader at srbader@coldwellbanker.com or Keith Mutchler keith.mutchler@yahoo.com or Interact Director Lee McConkey at lmcconkey@doorcountyymca.org.

Thank you and see you in the Shipyard on May 5—bring your boat nerd friends!